Fresh off a well-received turn as villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Tom Hardy will tackle one of gaming’s most enduring heroes. Deadline reports Hardy will suit up as superspy Sam Fisher, the star of Ubisoft’s long-running Splinter Cell series. When the bad guys threaten American freedoms in the game, Fisher comes in to save the day.
Unlike many game heroes who go in guns blazing, the Splinter Cell protagonist has focused primarily on stealth. Several of Fisher’s missions end immediately if the enemy sees him. The most recent game, Splinter Cell: Conviction kept things stealthy but allowed Fisher to be more of an action hero. It also followed the time-honored tradition of having a secret agent’s own country turn against him and brand him a traitor. There should be a support group for that.
There’s no studio attached yet, but Warner Bros. and Paramount are both interested reportedly. Another stealthy game franchise from Ubisoft is heading to the big screen. Michael Fassbender has signed on to star in an Assassin’s Creed film adaptation. Ubisoft joins publishers such as EA in trying to turn video game hits into movie franchises. EA is revving up a Need for Speed project and is pitching other game movies. These efforts are often very, very bad. Of course, the same is true of movies based on Mars and Hollywood won’t stop making them either.